The Next Big Thing

COVERhtw02Many thanks to Tara Betts, for tagging me for the Next Big Thing.  Tara is the author of  the poetry collection Hue & Arc, and is currently working on a new book called BREAK THE HABIT.  Apparently, Tara has no idea how terrible I am at projects like The Next Big Thing.  Please don’t tell her.  But do visit her blog and read her poems if you haven’t already.  She’s a poetry soldier.  Looking forward to her next book.

What is your working title of your book?
Hemming the Water.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I was thinking a lot about the changes, obstacles, and devilry a woman potentially wrestles to “get the job done,” as they say.  It feels impossible sometimes.  All that turbulence is in the book–and the acceptance of it.  
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
That’s a tough one.  Maybe Quvenzhane Wallis and a cadre of her friends could portray the girls in the opening poem.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
“My mama pinned a rose on me.”  A nod to Mary Lou Williams, of course.
Who will publish your book?
Four Way Books.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Several years of starts and stops.  I lost count.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I wouldn’t compare it to other stories in poetry, but I hope it captures some of the spirits and dangers of the tales in Virginia Hamilton’s Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Many people over time, but most consistently, Mary Lou Williams.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I never miss an opportunity to thank Maya Freelon Asante for the cover art.  
But enough about me.  Douglas Kearney and Amaud Jamaul Johnson are working on some exciting new work.  Stay tuned.
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